What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is becoming insanely popular as a chemical-free alternative medicine for multiple ailments such as epilepsy, acne, chronic pain, diabetes and beyond. This oil is extracted directly from hemp and then distributed in several forms, the main form being oil that can be taken orally. It’s entirely natural appeal is attracting many as it appears to have little to no side effects. However, are there truly no side effects? If there are any, what are they?
How Does It Work?
Before considering the side effects, it is best to first understand how the oil works in order to treat users. The oil itself contains cannabinoids including two separate receptors: CB1 and CB2. These cannabinoids are typically produced naturally within your body. These receptors are present in your skin, your brain, and practically everywhere else in your body.
The CB1 receptors are primarily occupied with the brain and are involved with pain receptors, mood, appetite, emotions and so on.
CB2 receptors are much more common within the body, working with your immunity and your physical pain.
As we have pre-existing cannabinoids in our body, and receptors, we already have a working system to help us with pain, emotions, etc. The CBD oil works can essentially work as an encouragement for the system already in place, thus enhancing the outcome and the lasting effects.
Is CBD Oil Safe?
According to studies completed on the safety of CBD in adults, it was evident that fully grown adults are able to tolerate a very wide range of doses. These doses can be taken without any worrying side effects, even if the dose is quite high or excessive.
Are There Side Effects?
In comparison to typical pharmaceutical drugs, CBD oil has a drastic less risk for side effects. However, it still comes with some. Here are a few:
– Loss or gain of appetite
– Change in weight
– Mood alteration
– Dry mouth
– Feelings of anxiety
None of these side effects are guaranteed to occur. However, diarrhea is common for many, especially after taking their first dose. The research concludes that this could be due to the body flushing out toxins after receiving the CBD for the first time. This can continue for about twenty-four hours before everything is cleared out.
In some extreme cases, you may also feel nauseous after your first dose, but this is not hugely common.
As CBD works with receptors that work with the brain, it is possible for CBD to affect your mood. You may notice some feelings of anxiety at first or an improvement in your general mood and optimism.
Many also notice less desire to eat sweets or overeat, which can, therefore, cause a change in your weight if this symptom persists. Many view this as a positive side effect if they have the goal to lose weight.
Tiredness may also occur. Although, some report that the CBD can act as a stimulant in lower doses. Overall, it is possible for the CBD to affect your level of tiredness and required sleep, all depending on what dose you may be taking and at what time of the day (such as a low dose right before bed).
Overall, CBD’s side effects are relatively worry-free, and minor in comparison to the side effects of more serious prescribed drugs. It is becoming more popular as an alternative or an oil that can be used along with your regular medication to enhance the benefits. The benefits outweigh the few downsides by a landslide. In fact, most side effects can be avoided by monitoring your dose and finding the correct amount for you and other side effects may only be temporary in the beginning of your treatment journey!